October 1st, 2010
03:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin jousts with Rouse

(CNN) – Pete Rouse was just installed as White House chief of staff on Friday, but he's already been facing fire from Sarah Palin for over a week.

Now White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is hitting back, calling the former Alaska governor's accusations "fairly silly."

Palin has made clear she's no fan of Rouse - the longtime top Obama aide who has been little seen in the public eye until his elevation to the top White House staff job.


Via several tweets over the last week, Palin highlighted the fact that Rouse - who lived in Alaska during the late 1970s and early 1980s - maintained his voter registration in her state despite not living there for nearly three decades.

"Alaska media slept on the job for how many years re: Obama senior advisor Pete Rouse's claim to be AK resident and 'local' voter? For shame," Palin tweeted earlier in the week.

Palin may be suggesting that Rouse maintained his voter registration and an address in Alaska so he could be a recipient of the state's yearly permanent fund dividend, which is usually worth at least $1,000. But according to local media reports, Rouse's name does not appear on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend records.

Gibbs said Friday that Rouse has changed his voter registration to Washington, D.C.

But Palin's anger toward Rouse goes deeper than that, tweeting on September 22: "Alaska's Pete Rouse (@ least he claims to be 'Alaska') finally comes out of the shadows; Obama looks to appt him COS;strange doings in the WH."

Palin appears to have been no fan of Rouse for a long time. In her 2009 memoir, she accuses him of being among those in the Obama presidential campaign who allegedly tried to smear her when she was named McCain's vice presidential nominee.

She also accuses him of lifting Obama's "change" slogan from her own gubernatorial campaign in 2006.

"Every part of our campaign shouted 'Change!'" she wrote. "We were amused a couple of years later when Barack Obama, one of whose senior advisers (come to think of it) had roots in Alaska– adopted the same theme," she wrote in reference to Rouse.


Filed under: Pete Rouse • Sarah Palin
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Billy, NYC

    Sarah Palin abandons fellow Alaskans in 2009 to go after $$ all over the country. That's the real shame.
    Another – The kettle telling the pot black – silly acusation.

    October 1, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Norm

    Silly Sarah....politics are for adults.
    Shhhhhhh.......

    October 1, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. John in Dallas

    Just when you think this woman sinks to new lows she finds a way to trump it everytime. Obama stold her slogan of change....yeah right! Jeez I cant believe any american that is not insane regardless of party would actually vote for her to even be a local dog catcher.

    October 1, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. tamarac

    This woman needs to get a life! She has no business being in politics.

    October 1, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. praa

    Deluded North star,
    Bush shouted Change in 2000, Clinton shouted change in 1992. Change is not your personal property. So chill down. Every politician shouts CHANGE all the time.

    October 1, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Gentle Critic

    And here we go again with Silly Sarah fussing about something else within the current administration just to keep getting her nose into things that she has nothing worthwhile to offer. If only that darned genie bottle was around to rub it again and wish her back to the Alaskan tundra so the Grizzly Mom could spar with animals of her own kind. Those savage beasts who usually end up as another's dinner. .

    October 1, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Joe Gaines

    My advice to Mr. Rouse is since the T.V. Networks won't do it you know when you wake up in a room and know one there's but you just see a empty room or space well just do the same with Sarah Palin she's not there nothing just go on with you job remember she's not there nothings there

    October 1, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. tony

    I am tired of hearing from Palin, she is a dumnass, with a lot of read dumnasses that follow her. she should be home taking care of her baby!!! there is a reason why she doesn't answer questions when she speaks, it's because she still can not answer any of them!!! It's time for her to go back home and stay there.

    October 1, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Tom De Nolf

    Why do we really care what she has to say. Honestly, why do we care???

    October 1, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Oy Vey Az

    Sure seems like over the years I've heard countless politicians from every where in the US base their campaigns upon "Change". Is it possible that Sarah has been granted exclusive rights to the word. If so, I bet she's ready to be angry at just about everyone right about now.

    October 1, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Freedom_thinker

    Why is this Lady so divisive?

    October 1, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Stephen

    The only thing dumber than this piece of bear crap are the people who have elevated to where she is today. McCain should be impeached for aiding and abetting this criminally stupid woman. We, as a country, will never recover from the dumbing down of D.C. that this mama moose has dome.

    October 1, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Big Bear

    This woman is way too stupid.

    October 1, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Tanbiker2

    Sarah Palin's internet rants show quite clearly that she is mentally disturbed. She acts like a teenager rather than an adult. Keep it up, Sarah. Show us more of your trailer trash family values.

    October 1, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Mike Mazz

    She is so stupid its actually pretty funny. So let me get this straight.. she mocked Obamas Change slogan as a " hos that hopey changy thing working out".. but now she is saying she was using that same change slogan thing in 2006? So hows her change slogan working out for her since she quit her job? ridiculous that this woman gets any face time at all.

    October 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Imam0bama

    All of our problems in our country can be attributed to the lie that is liberalism. Liberals despise any truth that disagrees with their beliefs. The lie that is liberalism,communism,socialism,progressivism or whatever they call it tomorrow was responsible for millions of deaths in the 20 th century. Now the same ilk of these people in our country have been indoctrinated to believe that the "change they can believe in" will somehow make their life better. Yet no leftist can site one country in the history of mankind where these principles have bettered the lives of the people living under it. They can site no policy that has succeeded. They follow blindly and wait for the "promise" that they will never have to work or want for anything again if they just embrace the so called greatness of socialism. So they elect politicans who will use the power of government to confiscate the wealth of those who do work and produce and give it to those who refuse to. A reckoning is coming in November between those who believe in freedom and liberty and those who believe in chains and bondage.

    October 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. JPots

    Love how Palin wants to say that Rouse isn't Alaskan because he hasn't lived there for about 30 years, but then turn around and say he is Alaskan to accuse him of stealing her 2006 campaign slogan. I wonder how many other politicians have stollen the theme of "change" from her ... I'm sure there are a few. Some may have even traveled into the future, just to get their hands on that idea!

    October 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Jerry

    Why is this woman still around??? Should she somehow become President, we will be put back in the biblical stone age and I will move to Australia.

    October 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. TOTAL TEXAN FACT

    A spade is a spade. This is typical of the Obama organbization. He only surrounds himself with people who will lie for him. This way he can convince the retarded that you Sarah are the Devil in disguise. But the Majority of Americans know different. It will be he who we vote against. Hopefully the people can se e that your are the Person this country needs. The Democrats must go even Hillary as much as I used to like the Clintons. But they were too quick to jump on Obama ship. So they will go down with that sinking ship of fools.

    October 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Expat American

    Dear Lord. Yet another great photo of the 2012 GOP Candidate….She looks like a toddler who has just been told that she can’t have cookies before dinner.
    As long as Old Angry Racist Whites keep throwing money at her, she’s never going to shut up….
    What was that Carville quote again….”Drag a dollar through a trailer park and see what you find…?”
    No more true words could be associated with Palin..What a hot air empty-headed clown.
    Tea Party Rednecks & Banjo Strummin' Bumpkins...... You're doing one heck of a job....with her as your Queen....hahahahahahaaha.

    October 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Geshrwh

    GO away, Palin!!!! John McCain should be ashamed of himself for elevating this "quiting" governor to the national spotlight. Shame,too, to the media, that constainly hangs on to her ever word. Most of us, don't care a bit what she thinks.

    October 1, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. John

    SARAN PALIN you are still dumb as a box rocks,I don't know what you are upset about at least he didn't quit on the PEOPLE OF ALASKA like you did. But than it was them trying too kick you out of office. Saran nobody trust anything you said because it all lies and the tea party too,and you both are very racist people.Like you all way said,what the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick. But in your case the pit bull is smarter a lot smarter.

    October 1, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Cat, Holt MO

    Palin is a stupid moron, who has the intelligence of a piss ant. She has no education, no brains and the mouth of an idiot.
    Why would anyone in their right mind, listen to anything this idiot has to say.
    SHUT UP you slime ball!! Go back to your hole in the ground, Palin. No one likes you. You are the laughing stock of the country

    October 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. jim

    too many bon bons Ms. Palin? time to hit the treadmill.

    October 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. morons

    this bafoon's going to oppose ANYTHING our President does! she's a joke and CNN falls into this reporting on a person who is absolutely unimportant to our country!!!! I say palin/CNN 2012! idiots

    October 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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